Slash: Not Just A Punctuation Mark Anymore

The punctuation mark ” / ” has morphed into the word “slash”, meaning “and/or”. Now the word “slash” is evolving into a conjunction, indicating an afterthought, particularly one that is also a topic shift. “The emergence of a new conjunction/conjunctive adverb is like a rare-bird sighting in the world of linguistics”. And this one may have staying power, to judge from its common usage among young people (971 words)

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